10 Gluten Free Hot Cross Bun Recipes

Hot cross buns are a favourite treat. But for many gluten-intolerant people, they have always been out of reach.

10 Gluten Free Hot Cross Bun Recipes

However, thanks to the rise in popularity of gluten-free baking, more and more delicious hot cross bun recipes now are available.

Here are 10 gluten-free hot cross bun recipes that are sure to please both adults and kids alike.

Easy Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns (Flour On My Fingers)

To start off our list of recipes we have an easy-to-make recipe that will go down a treat with pretty much any hot cross bun lover you know.

Or, if you know someone who has never tasted this classic baked treat, then this is the perfect introduction. Especially if they are gluten intolerant – though they don’t have to be.

These are easy to make and taste amazing too. They’re great for having as part of a quick lunch snack, but also good enough to eat on their own as well.

These treats are the perfect seasonal snack during Easter, especially on Good Friday, where many people still celebrate by eating a traditional hot cross bun.

So what are you waiting for? Go whip up a batch of these delicious buns today.

If you love the cinnamon hit of hot cross buns, give our Gluten-Free Date Cinnamon Biscuit Recipes a try

Extra Fluffy Keto Hot Cross Buns (Gnom-Gnom)

For a true treat to throw your friends and family’s way at Easter, hot cross buns are always a tasty surprise that no one expects. With this amazing recipe for gluten-free versions of this spring staple, now even more people can enjoy them!

This recipe is super easy to follow, and it only takes about 20 minutes to be ready. It’s made with almond flour, coconut flour, egg whites, and butter. That means it’s low in carbs and high in protein.

This recipe uses natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey instead of refined sugar, and it’s free from artificial flavors and colors. Best of all, you can use real eggs and dairy products.

It’s so simple to make this recipe, there’s really nothing to it! You’ll need a stand mixer to mix everything together, but after that, it’s simply a matter of mixing the dough.

Once the dough comes together, cover it in plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes before shaping it into rolls.

The resting period allows the dough to relax, making the bread easier to roll out. After rolling it out, cut it into 12 equal pieces and place each piece onto a greased cookie sheet. Serve warm and straight away, so they stay crispy.

These buns are perfect to serve with coffee or tea, or to take along to church or work. For extra flavor, try adding fresh strawberries or blueberries to them.

If you love baking, this recipe is definitely worth trying out!

Take a look at our Gluten Free Sweet Potato Recipes for some sweet/savoury flavour combos.

Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns (Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake)

Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten around Good Friday and are often served after a service to churchgoers. But, they’re not just limited to the religious community. In fact, you could say that they’re a staple of British culture in general.

So, if you’ve been craving a hot cross bun lately, why not give this recipe a try?

The best thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require any yeast, so it’s completely gluten-free. It does, however, call for gluten-free cake flour. To substitute regular flour, you can either use half of the amount of cake flour called for or add a bit of cornstarch.

The batter will be sticky and wet, so don’t worry too much about getting it into the pan. Just spread it across the base of the tin using a spatula, and bake it for 25 minutes.

While it might look like the buns have risen quite high when you remove them from the oven, they won’t rise much once they cool off.

Why not bake a batch or our Gluten Free Date Muffin Recipes this week?

Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns (The Gluten-Free Blogger)

Whilst everyone is clambering for chocolate during Easter, the humble hot cross buns are adding a dash of variety to the treat table in the early spring months, especially these gluten-free versions!

These delicious little treats are a great way to get your kids involved in cooking, and also to introduce them to new flavors. They’re quick to prepare and even quicker to eat – perfect for a busy Easter Sunday morning!

A traditional hot cross bun contains dried fruits such as currants and raisins, as well as candied peel. However, this version is a little more savory, containing bacon instead of fruit. The secret ingredient here is beer, which gives the buns their distinctive flavor.

These hot cross buns are delicious whether you’re eating them on their own or dunking them in some homemade custard sauce. They’re also great to bring to parties, as they’ll keep well in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Finding good bread can be tough for Celiacs. See our Gluten-Free Flaxseed Bread Recipes for some help.

Gluten & Dairy-Free Hot Cross Buns (My Gluten-Free Kitchen)

I grew up thinking hot cross buns were only made at Christmas time, but I was surprised to learn that my mother had made them all year round – she would make them all through Lent.

She used to make them with dates rather than dried fruit because we didn’t have any. They were always very good.

These days we still make them, but I prefer to make them dairy-free. We buy our bread from the local bakery, so we can choose between plain white and wheat loaves. This recipe uses oatcakes and coconut oil, but you can use whatever type of bread you like.

These buns freeze really well, simply wrap them individually first and then stack them together in layers before wrapping them tightly in foil. You can defrost them overnight in the fridge and reheat them in the microwave.

To serve, slice each bun in half horizontally and fill it with jam or honey, cream cheese, or butter. Top with icing sugar and decorate with sliced almonds.

These are delicious straight out of the freezer, but you may find they need a couple of hours in the oven to warm through fully.

If you follow are lactose intolerant or follow a plant-based diet, take a look at our Dairy-Free Dessert Recipes

Classic Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns (Gluten-Free On A Shoestring)

This recipe is inspired by the classic English tradition of making hot cross buns on Good Friday. It’s not hard to make and takes less than 45 minutes to put together.

You’ll find that the dough is sticky and difficult to work with, so take care and try not to overwork the mixture.

When shaping the buns, try to create a shape that resembles a real bun; if you’re aiming for the authentic look, you’ll probably end up with something that looks more like a small loaf rather than a bun.

The yeast in the mix will develop quite quickly once it comes into contact with water, so don’t be tempted to wait until the last minute to begin working on the recipe. If you have a stand mixer, why not give it a whirl?

Whilst you have the oven on, give our Gluten-Free Almond Chia Scones a go

Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns (The Loopy Whisk)

These buns are easy to make, but do require some planning ahead: you need to start preparing the dough two days before you plan to bake them, which means you’ll need to leave plenty of time to let them rise.

As soon as you’ve got everything organized, they go into the oven for about 30 minutes, giving them enough time to form a crusty exterior while keeping the interior soft and sweet.

If you’d like to cut down on the number of steps involved, you could swap the raisins for dried figs, apricots, or prunes.

The result won’t taste exactly the same, though, as these fruits tend to soak up more liquid than their raisin counterparts. For a similar flavor, replace the raisins with sultanas or currants.

Keep the spiced treats coming with our Gluten-Free Ginger Cinnamon Cookie Recipes

Vegan Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns (Delightful Adventures)

It’s always best to keep things simple when cooking gluten-free food, to ensure you get the results you want without having to worry too much about what goes wrong. That’s why we’ve chosen to focus on the basics here – even though we know there will be many variations on this theme in your kitchen.

These vegan hot cross buns are packed full of fruity, tangy flavors, all wrapped up in an airy, fluffy crumb. They can be made using any type of fruit you prefer, or simply combine several different types.

We chose to use apples and pears instead of raisins, but you could substitute those for dried plums, figs, apricot halves, or prunes.

If you want to turn this recipe into a dessert, add a dollop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream. Alternatively, top with a drizzle of maple syrup and sprinkle with icing sugar. You could also make a quick batch of our Apple and Pear Cake for dessert.

Looking for something new to make for dessert? Maybe our Best Gluten-Free Desserts can inspire you.

Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns (Gluten-Free Alchemist)

A traditional British Christmas treat, filled with juicy fruit and oozing with sugary goodness, these gorgeous golden buns are easy to make and perfect for sharing. It only takes one glance at the pictures to understand why they were given the title ‘the loony whisk.’

This recipe, created by Kate from Gluten-Free Alchemist, is super versatile, enabling you to create delicious buns in almost any size you fancy. Feel free to experiment with other toppings, including chocolate chips, chopped nuts or cinnamon, or ginger.

What makes this bun so special? Well, it’s stuffed with lots of healthy ingredients, thanks to the inclusion of oats, bananas, dates, and walnuts. Topped with a generous helping of buttery frosting, this is a truly indulgent treat.

The only thing better than cake is chocolate cake – in my humble opinion! Try our Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse Recipes and see if you agree with me.

Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns (Healthy Food)

We’re not sure how this recipe has managed to escape us until now – it’s been floating around online for a while, and it’s become something of a cult classic among fans of gluten-free baking.

The trick is to take advantage of the fact that gluten-free bread flour doesn’t behave quite like regular wheat flour. This means you can mix it with rice flour or tapioca starch to give it a heftier texture and structure.

If you’ve never worked with gluten-free flours before, don’t panic: just follow the recipe carefully, keeping an eye out for signs of overmixing.

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As you can see, there are plenty of places to draw inspiration from when it comes to a good gluten-free hot cross bun recipe. All of these have been tried and tested, and some have become firm favorites.

Now all you need to do is pick your favorite and start making them for yourself!

10 Gluten Free Hot Cross Bun Recipes

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